Daggers Doe: Dropping into bottom two was a reality check for us
13:00 06 January 2015
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Victoria Road ace delighted with victory against Bury and for Rhys Murphy
Dagenham & Redbridge defender Scott Doe has admitted dropping into the bottom two over the Christmas period was a wake up call for everyone at the club.
Wayne Burnett’s side were disappointingly beaten 2-0 at home to Stevenage on Boxing Day, and whilst the goalless draw with Southend United two days later was a good point – it wasn’t enough to stop them dropping into the relegation places.
But Doe, who captained the team in Abu Ogogo’s absence, helped Daggers keep another clean sheet last weekend against Bury.
And Rhys Murphy struck six minutes into the second period to earn them a crucial three points and move them up to 21st in the table.
“It was a wake up call going into the bottom two because it was a reality check for everyone,” admitted Doe.
“We dropped into the bottom two and, although we have got half a season left, it was a wake up call.
“We have been playing against teams and been saying ‘we were better than them,’ but we have lost the game.
“But the way we have turned it around following a disappointing Christmas period, especially the game at home to Stevenage, is really good.
“The main thing was to get a good point away at Southend and to follow it up at home and we have done that.”
Doe was equally pleased for the matchwinner Murphy, who found the net for the first time in the league since February 1.
The 26-year-old was also happy to beat Bury, a team he rates among the best in the division.
He added: “It is a really pleasing way to start 2015 and in my eyes Bury are the best team in this league, so it makes it even better.
“Rhys is obviously a fans favourite. He was top goalscorer last season and he is a very good player.
“All we want is to see him back to his best. Him and Zavon Hines are some of the players that can win games on their own for us and it was nice to score because we hadn’t scored for a while.”
A key incident occurred involved Doe’s defensive partner Ayo Obileye seven minutes from time when he made contact with Bury forward Danny Rose inside the penalty area.
Referee Iain Williamson handed a yellow card to the Shakers ace and gave Daggers a free kick, despite huge protests from the away players.
Doe had his say on the incident, adding: “I asked Danny Rose and he thought it was a penalty.
“It is one of those that you see go against the forward sometimes and you can see them given.
“The one thing I will say is we have had a few this season given against us, which aren’t penalties in my eyes, so I do think these things even themselves out at the end of the day.
“As soon as I heard the whistle, automatically I was like ‘oh no!’ Because as soon as the whistle goes inside the area it is not normally in your favour in that situation.
“It was from behind, Ayo gave him a lot of contact and strikers are clever they go down, but fortunately it has not been given.”
Fortunately for Daggers it wasn’t given, and considering the effort they had put in – they deserved that luck. It would be great now if this victory could be the turning point in their campaign.